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FORCAST: a facility 5- to 40-μm camera for SOFIA

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Luke D. Keller, Terry L. Herter, Gordon J. Stacey, George E. Gull, Bruce Pirger, Justin Schoenwald, Harry Bowman, Tomas Nikola

Cornell Univ. (USA)

Proc. SPIE 4014, Airborne Telescope Systems, 86 (June 20, 2000); doi:10.1117/12.389130
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  • Airborne Telescope Systems
  • Ramsey K. Melugin; Hans-Peter Roeser
  • Munich, Germany | March 27, 2000


We are constructing a facility-class, mid/far-infrared camera for the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). The Faint Object infraRed CAmera for the Sofia Telescope (FORCAST) is a two-channel camera with selectable filters for continuum imaging in the 5 - 8, 17 - 25 micron, and/or 25 - 40 micron regions. The design supports simultaneous imaging in the two-channels. Using the latest 256 X 256 Si:As and Si:Sb blocked-impurity-band detector array technology to provide high-sensitivity wide- field imaging. FORCAST will sample images at 0.75 arcsec/pixel and have a 3.2' X 3.2' instantaneous field- of-view. Imaging is diffraction limited for lambda > 15 microns.

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Luke D. Keller ; Terry L. Herter ; Gordon J. Stacey ; George E. Gull ; Bruce Pirger, et al.
"FORCAST: a facility 5- to 40-μm camera for SOFIA", Proc. SPIE 4014, Airborne Telescope Systems, 86 (June 20, 2000); doi:10.1117/12.389130; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.389130

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